What is the worst price gouging / profiteering you've seen?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Jan 12, 2014.

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  1. OrangeAmps

    OrangeAmps Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    One restaurant in Cambridge, MA had cans of Heady Topper going for $14/can. Life changing.
  2. RyanOooh

    RyanOooh Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Vermont

    OK, saw Sculpin for $16.99 for a six. I think that's outrageous. Another store had it for $12.99, both cans.
  3. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    You and your fancy logic. It's getting in the way of people complaining about what price they'd prefer to pay for something! [shakes an internet fist]

    But seriously, this is a very informative post that shows people the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the complex process of pricing, and it doesn't even get into the geographical impact on prices, and localized markets. Good stuff.
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  4. jivex5k

    jivex5k Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Florida

    Current year Zhukov bottles for $50.00 at Barrel and Grain.
    I can understand a price hike due to drinking at bar, but from $11.99 to $50.00....
    Place is out of business now, go figure.
  5. SirWalkAbout

    SirWalkAbout Initiate (164) Dec 6, 2011 Texas

    $15 for a bud light at a strip club in Vegas. Bartender opened it so I had to pay.
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  6. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 California

    at a bar? you can never use the words price gouging or profiteering if it's a bar
  7. Inglewood

    Inglewood Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 Illinois

    $75 for a bottle of Proprietor's BCBS
  8. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (1,822) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    I'm near the Nassau/Suffolk border. It was at Beer City in North Babylon about 2 or 3 months ago.
  9. life_is_beautiful

    life_is_beautiful Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    The former is the going rate around here. Hopefully this will change soon as it seems the wholesale price has dropped.
  10. indesertum

    indesertum Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2009 New York

    Damn. I need to move to Kentucky. I think the fad is here to stay.
  11. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (8,022) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    I thought so too but it tasted like a pile of peat compost (IMO) which destroyed the experience (but man the bottle looks really cool so I saved it!).

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The shelf life I believe is somewhere around (25) years and when this one was cracked, it was past that cut-off. It was a small fortune and a disappointing experience but the trophy bottle eases the pain!
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  12. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    A wannabe liquor store in A2 tried to charge me almost 50 bucks for a bottle of CBS when it was released a couple years ago...I admit I wavered for a sec but did NOT buy it...ended up getting a couple bottles at MSRP at Arbor Farms and also 1 bottle at a competing small liquor store for just over MSRP...needless to say, Ive never been back to said wannabe store...
  13. BubalooBrewMaster

    BubalooBrewMaster Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2013 Nevada

    The restaurant I work for on the las Vegas strip does 300% mark up.....but true it is standard
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  14. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Eclipse pappy van winkle for $80.
  15. hwy395

    hwy395 Initiate (194) Jan 20, 2012 California

    Now I feel f'ing ripped off...I just paid $14.99 or an O'douls 12 oz at my AA meeting...
    They know they've got me....
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  16. hwy395

    hwy395 Initiate (194) Jan 20, 2012 California

    You, my good man, are welcome to come and stay at my house and drink Pliny with me, at $3.99 or 4.49 a bottle at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa ( unsolicited advertisement ), anytime you are in town...I love your post.
    However, do they really have craft beer in Iowa ?
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  17. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Can you get me any BCBS coffee?
  18. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

    What a shame! I've had several 1980's Hardy's, though that was when they were anywhere between 10-15 years old (some time in late 90's). I can honestly say those are my fondest beer memories. Soo smooth and soft.
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  19. kelvarnsen

    kelvarnsen Disciple (377) Nov 30, 2011 Canada (ON)

    I was in a beer store in upstate NY, which is about a 3 hour drive from Waterbury Vermont, selling cans of Heady Topper for $10 each. Or you could buy a 4 pack for $36.
  20. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    Yeah I see Sculpin consistently for $16.99 I think it's overpriced
  21. WadeBridgman

    WadeBridgman Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    I probably could I've seen it around before
  22. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Woohooo. I can't find it
  23. life_is_beautiful

    life_is_beautiful Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Following back up on this, I just went into a shop today that had both bottles and cans for $19.99 a sixer
  24. hnandez

    hnandez Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2013 California

    There is a store here in Southern California that got a hold of a bunch of Heady. So what he was doing was this:

    You had to buy 4 bombers of anything else in his store in order to "qualify" to buy one can of Heady for $10.

    If I had never had Heady before I would have probably done it. Seems kind ridiculous though.
  25. PapiFuego

    PapiFuego Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 New York

    $40 for The Bruery Bois.
  26. VDUX

    VDUX Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013 Illinois

    $18.00 for a reg 12oz bcbs and $99.00 for prop in Bloomingdale Illinois. Really sad needless to say they are still in stock.
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  27. jaltland

    jaltland Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Pennsylvania

    19.99 for a courage russian imperial.
  28. AlwaysPullStout

    AlwaysPullStout Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2013 New Jersey

    Any bottle of Port Brewing, they don't standard 12oz bottle which is ridiculous
  29. Steve_Oldrati

    Steve_Oldrati Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Took this picture at a bottle shop in Pittsburgh 6 months ago:

    Needless to say, there are still 20+ bottles sitting on the shelf.
  30. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I bought a case of Sculpin bottles at my distributor for $62. $12.99 is a steal.
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  31. GABrew

    GABrew Initiate (0) May 5, 2013 Georgia

    A guy on Craigslist Atlanta trying to sell one Westy 12 from the US distro brick pack with the glass for $400.
  32. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,180) Sep 3, 2007 California

    I know a place here in the greater LA metro that has cans of Heady "in the back" which he will sell to you if you're cool. Nine bucks each.

    I have bought a few, mainly for beer shares. I think I'm done paying that much for that beer; while it is certainly good, it's not worth that price to me.
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  33. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,180) Sep 3, 2007 California

    That is a big fat LOL.
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  34. RandyV

    RandyV Initiate (146) Aug 8, 2010 Arizona

    Ouch! It is one of my favorites though.
  35. Tashbrew

    Tashbrew Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2007 California

  36. BastardKing24

    BastardKing24 Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2010 Oregon

    I think people just need to ignore these very high prices that they see. Beer is beer, it isn't a rare wine or like Dom Perignon. It has a maximum retail value unless its been aged for a while and it's a beer that stands the test of time. The biggest gouge I've seen is maybe 13 bucks for a rodenbach grand cru, and thats just a mark up. By the way how are beers you can only get from the brewery gauged. Local place said that his barrel aged speedway stout wasn't for sale , but if he would sell me one it would be like 70 bucks.
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  37. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Good karma SJ
  38. brureview

    brureview Poo-Bah (2,334) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    I've been looking for Sweet Repute. Is it worth it? 5 months old Lunch at $10.25? A rip off. Great beer- when fresh.
  39. mjstacker

    mjstacker Initiate (0) Jul 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    My local liquor store got 2 bottles, I got 1. Haven't popped it yet, soon i hope. Maybe this weekend, i've been waiting for the right crowd hopefully without waiting too long. It was "Mo" not "Lunch" but either way, Maine Beer Co. needs to be fresh. I got "Little One" 2 days old in November. Cheers.
  40. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (786) Sep 15, 2010 Alaska
    Society Trader

    From what I've read on here the verdict seems to be 50/50. I, however, thought it was delicious! Scored 3 of them and drank one right away. Retails for $18.99. Don't be shy. It's amazing!
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